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SNAPSHOTS - Transformations

  • Praxis - Front Room Level 2, Anvil House, 138-140 Wakefield Street Wellington 6011 (map)

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.


Transformative Youth Work evaluation

Standard youth work accountability systems usually collect the data that is 'easiest to collect'. Whilst this data can be valuable for some purposes, a reliance on easy to collect data leads to a skewed assessment of youth work and misses the 'essence' of what youth work is about. The Transformative Youth work research projects that are happening in at least six countries are gathering some of this missing data, to provide a more nuanced picture of what youth work can achieve. This presentation provides an overview of the process, an outline of the benefits, and a summary of the preliminary findings from Australia.

Trudi Cooper

Edith Cowan University


Mana centred leadership

Tū Moana runs training development that helps individuals identify what lies at their personal foundation, so that we can support and journey alongside diverse communities.  Tū Moana has emerged as a response to the growing conversations of how we do diversity better.

Aotearoa is being shaped by the search for meaningful and authentic bi-cultural practice set to a multi-cultural backdrop. Tū Moana understands that culture is crafted through the dynamism of interlinking and sometimes conflicting sources. As such, we believe that our collective response to diversity not only shapes what is possible to do, but what is possible to be and become.

The mana-centred approach draws on both western and indigenous ways of understanding yourself, regardless of your cultural background, as a first step to understanding others. Venturing into Mana-Centred Leadership training provides the agency and insight needed to work with and in diverse teams, organisations and communities.  

Dickie Humphries

Tū Moana


Full of beans : Alternative pathways for change at the Odyssey Café youth training programme

Odyssey Café is a social enterprise offering a part-time work experience and one-on-one training programme for young people in our residential treatment programme. Many have experienced challenges with formal education, and have limited or no work experience. The programme links vocational training with evidence around 'recovery capital', demonstrably increasing social connectedness and a sense of hope for the future: 75% of trainees have moved into employment, education or continued with treatment within six months of being on the programme.

This snapshot will share learnings about why Odyssey started the venture, how we went about setting it up and what we've learnt during our first year. We'll talk about the theory of change which helped guide the development of the programme, as well as how participation in the programme supports the development of social capital. We'll share commentary from whānau and staff, as well as interviews with Café graduates.

Nicola Corney

Odyssey Trust


Reaching out from the inside

A short audio-visual presentation using youth voice through storytelling, art and music that captures the experience of youth in prison who transition back to the community. This will be told from a strengths-based approach from the perspective of hope and aspirations, as well as resilience, belonging and restoration in the face of their challenges.

Ashley Shearar

Department of Corrections